Have you been buying your stock of Yogurt from market? How about making some easily at home! Wow, did I scare you already? I know many of you have had a terrible experience in the past with making yogurt at home. But let me tell you some of the things which might go wrong and ruin your yogurt making experience. So, basically this isn’t a recipe post but more of a discussion post where we will be listing out the tricks of making perfect homemade yogurt.
If you come to think of it, how difficult it could be turning your milk into yogurt! Well, let me tell you, it isn’t at all. To get the desirable result, all we have to do is to take care of some basic points and you will get yourself whey-free Greek yogurt.
- First and foremost, use good quality milk with high fat content level. The more the fat content in the milk, the thicker the yogurt will turn out to be.
- If you do not have full cream milk or high fat content milk, then you can reduce the milk by boiling it for some time. Let it get thicker with lesser amount of water in it.
- Use a clean glass bowl to set the yogurt. Ensure that it is free of any residue or dishwashing detergent in it.
- Choose a warm place in your kitchen or dining space to allow the yogurt to set.
- Cover it and leave it undisturbed for 3-4 hours on a hot day. If you think that climate isn’t as hot as it should be then you can leave it overnight at a warm place.
- During winters, you can use your Microwave Oven to provide a warm place for your yogurt to set. Pre-heat the oven and then switch it off before placing the yogurt bowl in it.
Honestly, I have read people putting a green chili in the milk before allowing it to set for a yogurt, I have never found that necessary. There are just simple few steps like these and guaranteed bowl of thick yogurt every time.
- Heat a liter of full cream milk to a lukewarm temperature. Here, you should be able to dip your finger in the milk without burning or scalding it. Remember such mild temperature is perfect for yogurt.
- Prefer using fresh culture sample for making yogurt. Take 2 tbsp. of culture and whisk it well. Now, put this in the milk and stir it well.
- Pour the milk in a clean glass bowl and leave it covered and undisturbed in a warm place for next few hours.
- Check after few hours by jolting the bowl gently. If the yogurt is set, it would wobble a bit. If it hasn’t it would be still liquid and best kept undiscovered for next hours or so.
Coming back to my yogurt love, I confess to my affinity to a wide range of varieties in it. Mishti Doi or Bengali Sweet Yogurt is something that can be found in my refrigerator at all times. It is a sweetened version of yogurt which is often enjoyed as a sweet-dish after meal.
Another addition to my chilled pantry these days is a crate of flavored Greek Yogurt from Epigamia. For past few months I have been using these as a meal between meals, so thought of sharing my review for some of the flavors offered by them.
I am a particular fan of their Snack Pack range of Greek Yogurt. All you need to do is to take off the Granola pack and add it to the Yogurt cup beneath it. Mix it up and enjoy! Top it with a bowl of fruits to make it healthier. This is perfect as a carry-on in your office lunch-bag or kid’s tiffin bag. When that 4 o’clock hunger strikes, just take out this cup of fruit Greek Yogurt and add a dose of good health to your daily routine.
I like their range of Greek Yogurt in unique flavors like Vanilla Bean, Blueberry and Green Apple. It is smooth and creamy which is also good for smoothies and fruit bowl, if you are looking for better alternatives than milk or cream.